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Wanted
(2008)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker
Bruce Fowler

Co-Produced by:
Bill Abbott

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra
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Lakeshore Records
(June 24th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you've heard too many stereotypical, summer blockbuster action scores and want a variation on that genre that, despite its ills, provides a fascinating set of twists on those familiar sounds.

Avoid it... if you don't like to reprogram or rearrange your soundtracks into custom listening experiences, because Wanted will likely benefit the various types of Danny Elfman collectors in only parts of the work.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,534
WRITTEN 9/3/09
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Wanted: (Danny Elfman) Doesn't everybody at some point sit in their cubicle at work and wonder if there is a higher calling in life (outside of those obnoxious Scientology ads on television, of course)? Perhaps The Matrix glorified this premise as it could best be imagined, though 2008's Wanted takes another slow-motion, bullet-flying, and car-spinning stab at the idea. The Hollywood directorial debut of Kazakh director Timur Bekmambetov, this double-studio event was generally praised as being dumb fun by the rounds of critics but, despite some obvious sex appeal of lead actress Angelina Jolie, didn't fare as well as hoped at the box office. The young man in a dead end job and without a life to speak of in Wanted is destined for a fate tied to a Jedi-like fraternity of assassins, informed of his absentee father's membership by none other than Morgan Freeman and expected to avenge himself of his father's betrayal and murder. Having Jolie there to kick him in the ass and provide other forms of stimulation doesn't hurt, either. In its genre, Wanted owes much to The Matrix and Spider-Man, and it is likely in part due to composer Danny Elfman's long history in the reluctant superhero genre that he was offered this assignment. Elfman's tenure in the Spider-Man franchise did not end well, and he had subsequently explored classical writing for concerts and ballet, documentary film music, and even some high profile involvement in politics courtesy of the collective fear of one governor of Alaska. While 2008 would prove to tax Elfman's abilities in a number of genres and yield him awards consideration for his efforts in the second half, Wanted defies the boundaries of usual summer thrillers in terms of Elfman's attention to the intricacies of its music. It's easy to say that Elfman over-thought this assignment; any number of less capable composers would have been able to stir up the adrenaline adequately with a synthetically pounding score for this event. But more fascinating about Wanted is Elfman's ability to take stylistic pieces from both his superhero music of the past and combine them with stereotypes of the genre in general and still produce a remarkably unique piece of music that transcends even his own trademark sounds at times. Ironically, one could probably make a case that Standard Operating Procedure contains more "Elfmanisms" than Wanted, though the latter score is easily more engaging in its wild personality, a characteristic that definitely ties the work to Elfman's devious side.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:06
• 1. The Little Things - written and performed by Danny Elfman (3:26)
• 2. Success Montage (3:31)
• 3. Fraternity Suite (3:28)
• 4. Wesley's Office Life (5:15)
• 5. The Scheme (1:44)
• 6. Fox in Control (2:16)
• 7. Welcome to the Fraternity (4:29)
• 8. Fox's Story (3:29)
• 9. Exterminator Beat (2:52)
• 10. Rats (3:28)
• 11. The Train (3:58)
• 12. Revenge (4:33)
• 13. Fox's Decision (2:29)
• 14. Breaking the Code (1:21)
• 15. Fate (1:46)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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